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Potato salad with basil. Photography by Tony Gavin

Potato salad with basil. Photography by Tony Gavin

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Potato salad with basil. Photography by Tony Gavin

Whether you're cooking a barbecue, a piece of fish or a simple roast chicken, it's handy to have an arsenal of salad recipes up your sleeve at this time of the year.

Sometimes it's just the classics that I yearn for, such as a great spud salad, a really super 'slaw recipe and a salad of delicious tomatoes with some basil or mint and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

If it's going to be a simple potato salad, make it a stunning potato salad. Go the extra step and make a really good dressing. In this potato-salad recipe, I blend some mayonnaise with garlic, mustard (make it a punchy Dijon mustard) and herbs. Lots of parsley brings a verdant freshness and the basil makes it deliciously summery, as do the edible petals sprinkled over the top.


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